• The Beginner’s Guide To Jiu Jitsu: Everything You Need To Know

     

    Introduction:

    In this article we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu is one of today’s most popular and fun martial arts. Jiu-Jitsu is a dynamic martial art and has already changed a lot in its short history; from an art focused on street fighting and self-defense to one of today’s most popular competition sports.

     

    What is Jiu-Jitsu

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for self-defense, sport grappling, and mixed martial arts competitions.

     

    History of Jiu-Jitsu

    Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It teaches practitioners how to control and immobilize their opponents by using joint locks and chokeholds. Jiu-Jitsu is a relatively new martial art, having been developed in the early 20th century. The Gracie family is credited with developing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from judo. In the early 1990s, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became popular in the United States thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Royce Gracie, a member of the Gracie family, won the first few UFC tournaments by using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques to defeat much larger opponents.

     

    The Different Belts of Jiu-Jitsu

    There are a few different types of belts in Jiu-Jitsu. The white belt is the beginner's belt, and is usually worn by someone who has just started training. The blue belt is the intermediate belt, and is usually worn by someone who has been training for two to three years. The purple belt is the advanced belt, and is usually worn by someone who is very experienced in Jiu-Jitsu. The brown belt is the expert belt, and is usually worn by someone who is close to Black belt. The black belt is the most advanced belt, and is usually worn by someone who has dedicated at least ten years to perfecting their skills.

     

    Techniques of Jiu-Jitsu

    Jiu-Jitsu was derived from Judo which itself is a modern form of Japanese Jujutsu. But, because Jiu-Jitsu developed independently in Brazil it created many unique techniques that aren’t found anywhere else. One of the most iconic positions in Jiu-Jitsu is its “Guard” position, which allows a smaller person to stay safe even while being pinned by a larger person. Jiu-Jitsu is also known for its armbars, chokes and various techniques that use the gi (uniform) to nullify an attacker. There is also a popular version of Jiu-Jitsu called “no-gi” which is a fast paced sport version of the art; our school specializes in this form of Jiu-Jitsu.

     

    How to Start Learning Jiu-Jitsu

    If you are reading this you have already taken the first step in learning Jiu-Jitsu. Today there are many great resources to learn Jiu-Jitsu. There are countless books, videos, online lessons and gyms that teach Jiu-Jitsu. But, The best way to start is to contact your local schools, ask them questions about their program and then start training once you find a school you like. We suggest finding a school that is friendly to beginners, has a well qualified instructor, safety protocols and sound school policies in place.

     

    What to expect when you start learning Jiu-Jitsu

    First and foremost you can expect a good warmup when you first arrive at Jiu-Jitsu class; flexibility is very important in Jiu-Jitsu and warm muscles will help you move much better on the mats. After you are warmed up, you’ll learn a few techniques and get to practice them with a helpful partner. Then you’ll practice live by engaging in some friendly but competitive matches; called “rolling”, with your teammates. Over time this routine will get you into great shape and build your self-defense skills, it will also help you to reduce stress, have fun and build a new social network of people dedicated to improving themselves.

     

    How to continue progressing in Jiu-Jitsu

    The best way to make sure that you continue to improve in Jiu-Jitsu is to remain dedicated and keep going to class. The more you train the better you’ll get! It’s important to remember that mastering Jiu-Jitsu takes time and that along the way you’ll reach several plateaus, but by remaining focused on your goals and working hard each class you’ll continue up the ranks until you reach your Black belt!

     

    What are the benefits of learning Jiu Jitsu?

    There are many benefits of practicing Jiu Jitsu. The martial art can help improve mental well-being and self-defense skills. And, when it comes to physical fitness, Jiu Jitsu is a great workout. The practice involves a lot of cardio and strength training. Students also need to be quick on their feet, which helps improve agility. Like all martial arts, Jiu-jitsu also teaches discipline, focus, and patience. It can help relieve stress and anxiety, and can even be used as a form of therapy.

     

    This article provides an introduction to Jiu Jitsu, a martial art that is perfect for self-defense and competition. Our school is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) , one of the oldest and well respected sports organizations in the world. We offer small group classes that are perfect for beginners and the experienced alike. Our program specializes in Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Judo, Russian Sambo and No-gi Jiu-Jitsu. We offer one of the safest and well rounded programs in Connecticut so If you are interested in learning more about Jiu-Jitsu or any of the other arts we teach; or if you would like to sign up for classes, contact us today.

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